Warmer than usual temperatures are prompting another state landmark to open its doors early.Part of Fort Knox in Prospect will be open next week, during school vacation.The fort grounds, visitor center, rest rooms and gift shop will all be available for the public to use.You can visit from 9 a.m.
On April 12th, 1861, a single mortar round burst over Fort Sumter in South Carolina, signaling the start of the Civil War.Maine played an important role in defending the North against the South.Now, exactly 149 years later, a website has been launched through the state, guiding visitors to the 148 monuments around Maine that memorialize the patriots of the Civil War.The address is http://www.maine.gov/civilwar/sentinels.htmlThe monuments featured range in age from Bangor’s, which was put up while the war was still in progress, to Lisbon in 1999.The website also provides information on Maine’s participation in maintaining the union.The website is the work of Governor’s Baldacci’s Maine Civil War Sesquicentennial committee.
Maine lawmakers have reached a deal on a bond package that’s trimmed down from the bill that was blocked from final approval last week.State House officials say the $57.8 million package includes funds to preserve 233 miles of railroad track that are being abandoned in northern Maine.
If you have an old refrigerator, Efficiency Maine Trust wants it.The new group is launching an effort to collect old fridges, saying they can gobble up hundreds of dollars in electricity per year.The collection will begin next fall.Efficiency Maine Trust says it will come and take away your old fridge for free, then offer a rebate for people who want to upgrade to an energy-efficient model.The agency says a 20-cubic-inch, top-freezer fridge built before 1980, can cost up to $350 a year in electricity.
Mothers were the focus of an event held this weekend in Bangor.It happened at Purse Hollywood in Bangor, it’s called “power of a purse.”It’s a national campaign event leading up to Mothers Day.Purses were collected that will be distributed to mothers in need in the area.In the last month, new and gently used purses have been stacked up and ready to go to eventually be delivered to women at Spruce Run and St.
Two people were ejected from their pick-up truck Sunday as it rolled over in Plymouth.The crash happened around 10:30 am on the Rutland Road.State Police say both the driver, 19-year-old Dakota Tasker, and his passenger, 24-year-old Nick Graves, were thrown from the vehicle, as was a dog.Tasker was taken to a Bangor hospital with broken legs and other injuries.Graves was treated at the scene.We’re told the dog disappeared into some nearby woods.State Police say the two Etna men were scrapping for metal at the time of the crash.
A new motorcycle group to the area got under way in Orono Saturday.And Meghan Hayward caught up with the bikers to see what it’s all about.Friend and Friend in Orono had some extra motorcycles and people at their store.It was the kick-off event for the Bangor Chapter of Star Touring and Riding.” Before a chapter for Star Touring and Riding becomes official we have to read our chapter which is a license agreement between the organization and association start and the chapter.”Bangor’s chapter will be the second in Maine, the other one is in portland.” There really aren’t a lot of groups that welcome any kind of motorcycle.
Girls were waiting in line early Saturday morning in Belfast to find their perfect prom dress.It’s called the Cinderella Project.And they’ve collected dresses, shoes and all the accessories a girl needs to go to prom in style.The best part, it’s all free.Saturday, the girls got to come try on the dresses and find the one that is perfect for them.Organizer, Mandie Sawyer says she is happy with the response they have gotten over the years and how much it’s grown.” The biggest surprise I have with the growth is how far away girls come from.
More than 100 Civil Air Patrol members attended the Maine Wing Conference in Bangor Saturday.The annual conference is a time for all the members to get together and celebrate their accomplishments for the year and mingle among each other.There is also training that takes place.Commander of the Maine Wing, Dan Leclair says they have saved the state of Maine a lot of money this year by doing fire watch flights for the Maine Forest Service.Leclair says they have patrolled the skies and Maine woods to look out for forest fires on an unpaid volunteer basis.He says they also assist the US Navy in escorting ships out to sea.Civil Air Patrol pilots participated in an all-day seminar to sharpen their skills and make sure they are staying safe.Leclair says they look forward to conference every year.” It’s important to have a Wing conference on an annual basis to recognize our members and also to keep our skills sharp so we can do the things we do for the state of Maine.”” This weekend we’re actually doing the firearm training stimulators at the Air National Guard Base.
A place for relative caregivers to mingle with folks in similar situations and relax for a bit.That was what the Maine Kids-Kin Agency offered Saturday.It was a parenting retreat where these folks could learn new parenting techniques and talk to folks who know what it’s like to raise a granchild, niece or nephew.Maine Kids-Kin Director, Barbara Kates says there about 11,000 children in Maine living with their relatives and not their parents.About 15 families attended the retreat.Kates says there are struggles that come with relatives raising children instead of the parents.And she says the more support they can get, the easier it will be.” Well one of the things is the relatives typically didn’t plan for this to happen.
There was an accident involving four vehicles in Newburgh Friday night.The call came in just before 5 pm.Sergeant Scott Young with the Penobscot Sheriff’s Department says they responded to the intersection of Route Nine and 69 in Newburgh.Young says the driver of a Dodge Intrepid took a left-hand turn and cut in front of a GMC Envoy, causing them to collide.Which also caused them to collide into two more vehicles stopped at a stop sign.Young says the driver and the two passengers in the Envoy were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for shoulder and neck pain.He says the driver of the Intrepid was treated for some cuts from the seat belt.No one was cited in the accident.
Newburgh residents received shocking news at an annual town meeting Saturday morning.First Selectman Leonard Belcher told more than 100 residents that former Town Deputy Treasurer Cindy Dunton has admitted to having taken 147-thousand dollars in funds from 2007 to 2009.Belcher says she did so by manipulating the warrants once they had signed them.He says Town Manager Nancy Hatch also resigned.Belcher says Hatch knew it was going on during the last part of it and did not let them know what was going on.The town has already spent $14,000 on the audit, which Belcher says is expected to cost the town up to $40,000.Belcher says there were a lot of gasps from residents when the information was revealed at the town meeting.And he says now they must move forward.” Well we number one learned by our mistakes.